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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Oct 31, 2011 4:49am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: Occupied Wall Street News

• 30 Oct 2011 - from an article in USA Today

Proposal for 2nd oil pipeline sparks opposition

"Opponents have staged protests along the pipeline route and in Washington, D.C., and have sought to link the issue to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Activists next week plan to encircle the White House in a symbolic "house arrest," an action that comes two months after more than 1,000 anti-pipeline protesters were arrested there.

Environmentalists have dogged President Barack Obama's steps at early campaign stops to pressure him to deny the permit, and some groups have made opposition to Keystone XL a signature issue, even promising to sit out the 2012 election if the Obama administration approves the project.

• 06 Oct 2011 - Naomi Klein on Democracy Now said:

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Controversy Shows How Wall Street Is Occupying U.S. Gov’t

"I think what’s driving people to the streets in New York and around the country now, in the occupy together movement and moment, is the realization that change is not going to come through the ballot box because the political process has been bought and paid for. One thing that I find so inspiring about this moment, and I say this of both the Keystone XL protests and the Occupy Wall Street protest, is that my biggest fear about the Obama Presidency was that it was going to lead this generation of young people into political cynicism and political apathy, because you saw such tremendous hopes raised in 2008 and so many young people really drove that campaign, knocking on doors and sleeping on floors for Obama.

Many of us saw the betrayals coming. And they have come, in climate, more than any other area, but also just in the failure to provide hope for this generation. And they could be retreating into cynicism and apathy. But, instead of retreating into cynicism and apathy they are going to where the power is. They’re realizing that the change is not coming in Washington because politicians are so controlled by corporate interests, and that is the fundamental crisis in this country. And that’s what’s so profound about this. But, in terms of those emails, it’s just an illustration of it. So, you have Paul Elliott who was Deputy Campaign Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, gets hired by TransCanada, which is the company that is building — wants to build this pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to Texas to carry a very dirty form of oil. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude, because, of course, it is in solid form. So, you have to use all of this energy to get it out and liquefy it and then to put it into that pipeline. So, it’s very controversial. They know it’s controversial because there’s a huge international movement against the tar sands."